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Can you drink to, much, water?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Too much water can lead to low salt in your blood, which is a serious medical condition.

In brief: Yes

Too much water can lead to low salt in your blood, which is a serious medical condition.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Water intoxication can be fatal.
Dr. James Cain
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Drinking water to excess is seen in some psychiatric patients and now is reported in long distance runners.
Drinking too much leads to low sodium levels which can be fatal. (see reports of "exercise induced hyponatremia) prevention includes using salt containing sports drinks for hydration during prolonged exercise and avoiding plain water during prolonged exercise.

In brief: Yes

Drinking water to excess is seen in some psychiatric patients and now is reported in long distance runners.
Drinking too much leads to low sodium levels which can be fatal. (see reports of "exercise induced hyponatremia) prevention includes using salt containing sports drinks for hydration during prolonged exercise and avoiding plain water during prolonged exercise.
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Water intoxication

Excessive free-water can dilute the electrolytes (especially sodium) in your system and cause major problems.
However, for a normal, healther person, it takes a lot of water to do this. A few years a young woman died from just such a thing. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-2358958.html.

In brief: Water intoxication

Excessive free-water can dilute the electrolytes (especially sodium) in your system and cause major problems.
However, for a normal, healther person, it takes a lot of water to do this. A few years a young woman died from just such a thing. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-2358958.html.
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